Best Microphones and Webcams for Recording?
I've been using a headset and a webcam/microphone from Logitech.
The webcam is the Quickcam Pro 9000
The headset is either the ClearChat Stereo or Celar Chat Style, which uses the standard inputs for mic and audio (Non-USB)
The headest works very well with Captivate. I've noticed that after calibrating the mic in Captivate, it does a good job of recording narration. I record audio slide by slide, after grabbing my screen captures. When recording for each slide, I usually wait a few seconds before speaking. This gives Captivate time to calibrate for any white noise. You'll see the volume level bottom out after a few seconds, and then start speaking. Recordings are very clear.
I've used the webcam for webinars and meetings using Adobe Connect. Picture quality is very good. I still use the headset for audio, but the built in mic can handle the load. It just picks up a lot more of the ambient noise. That can be problematic if your volume is too high, resulting in clipping and scratchy audio for your audience. But testing your settings and a few tweaks is usually enough to get decent quality out of the webcam mic.
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